Parmigiani – Masters of Time

Parmigiani – Masters of Time

As the restorer of the intricate mechanical masterpieces in the Sandoz collection, Michel Parmigiani demonstrates his passion and talent for watchmaking. And it is this same expertise that he brings to the creation of new pieces for his luxury brand. “We’re not a restorer on the one hand and a watch manufacturer on the other. To us, it is one and the same trade.”

photos by R. Sterchi

photo courtesy of watchtime.com

Mechanical Wonders includes three exclusive pieces designed by Parmigiani Fleurier, inspired by pieces in the Sandoz collection. It is the perfect melding of past, present and future  “where the never-ending dialogue continues between the excellence of the past and the search for its expressions in the watchmaking of the future.” The double time zone pocket watch from 1870, above, was the inspiration for the Tonda Hemispheres with dual time zone below.

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Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

Mechanical Wonders – the Collection

There are really no words to express the exquisite beauty and incredibly intricate craftsmanship of the Sandoz collection on exhibit at the A La Vieille Russie gallery in NYC. Once seen, it is easy to understand how Maurice Sandoz became intrigued with these treasures. The merging of the science of watchmaking with the art of jewelry design lend these objects a fascinating niche in the history of art and collectibles.

Photograph R. Sterchi

Although rudimentary examples existed as early as the third century BC, automatons didn’t come into their own until the second half of the 16th century with the invention of the mainspring in Germany.…

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Mechanical Wonders – the History

Mechanical Wonders – the History

Several weeks ago I attended a marvelous event that represented the epitome of creative collaboration. Beginning with a shared passion of two collectors, a connection was made spanning decades and generations. Add to the mix a rare master craftsman and an extraordinary exhibit of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling technical skill became possible.

photograph by Trude Fleischmann

It all started in 1941 when Maurice Sandoz, the heir to the Sandoz pharmaceutical fortune, visited New York and forged a lifelong friendship with Alexander Schaffer, the owner of A La Vieille Russie (the NYC gallery). A writer, composer, philanthropist and collector of precious objects, Sandoz was particularly fascinated by the complicated mechanisms of watches, clocks and automatons (mechanical works of art with moving parts, figures and/or animals).…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

I was going to feature a different movie today that was more directly related to Thanksgiving but as we cleaned up after our turkey dinner, it was clear that this had to be the one. My daughter put her play list into the stereo system and as I stood at the sink, all the kids cleared the table, grooving to the beat as they brought the dishes through. It immediately reminded me of that famous kitchen scene in The Big Chill.

I would imagine that most readers have seen this classic but if not, it should go to the top of your Netflix list!…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

All set (pun intended)!! Just deciding between the flatware! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday. I am grateful every day to the amazing people I have met through this endeavor! Cheers to you all!!

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Monika Chiang Preview

Monika Chiang Preview

Monday I ventured down to SoHo to visit the new C Wonder store. Chris Burch is a brilliant marketer and the happy spot brims with bright colors and touch me temptation everywhere you look. But I won’t dwell on this venue since so many others have covered it.

Afterwards we walked across Prince Street to another of the entrepreneur’s recent ventures – girlfriend Monika Chiang‘s preview store. While the designer’s permanent digs are being prepared, this temporary location serves to introduce a small collection in advance of the official spring opening. What a different feel from Burch’s signature colors that we’re accustomed to seeing at ex-wife Tory’s emporiums, C Wonder or Poppin.…

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Moonlighting at New England Home

Moonlighting at New England Home

Since 2005, New England Home Magazine has been showcasing great regional architecture and design. Its upscale approach to inspiring and wide ranging projects, makes it an essential read for all those interested in New England style. From the coast and islands to urban and mountain settings, each issue invites us into a carefully curated selection of beautiful homes across our six states.

From this feature on Eric Rosenberg and Michele Kolb‘s restoration of a classic colonial Nantucket home (photographed by Michael Partenio).

to well known architectural designer Louise Brooks and husband Ned’s charming shingle style house, around the corner from me in Rowayton (photographed by Tria Giovan)

to the sensitive renovation of Sandy and David Goodkind’s seaside summer house in Stony Creek by architect Tony Terry (photographed by Michael Partenio), we are treated to insider views of both the creation of and life within these beautiful homes.…

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An Updated Classic

An Updated Classic

I’m definitely liking the direction new editor in chief Jay Fielden is taking with Town & Country. With a stylish new design and fonts with flair, reading has never been more aesthetically pleasing. And it’s always fun to see that although there’s been updating, I still feel on the same wavelength with their inspirational spirit. And that is how it should be for a venerable institution like T&C.  Starting at the beginning, I totally concurred with Fielden’s assessment of Steve Jobs in his Editor’s Letter and loved the reference to The Razor’s Edge, one of my favorite reads!

photograph by Mikael Colville-Andersen

I was then thrilled to see the mention of Mikael Colville-Andersen’s campaign for Velorbis bicycles.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Yes it’s back!! At the Movies took a little break over the last few months but is back today with one of my all time favorite classics. I thought about featuring a Thanksgiving related film but decided to wait til next week when we’re all just recovering from our tryptophan induced lethargy. If you’re in the mood, please do visit two of my favorites of the season here.

I can’t recall the segue in my mind that led me to my movie choice today – no doubt some obscure circuitous route – but was quite surprised to realize I had never featured Alfred Hitchock’s Rebecca.…

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Tania Vartan: Coming Full Circle

Tania Vartan: Coming Full Circle

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting John Rosselli’s showroom to see the new fabric line from Tania Vartan. What a delightful morning! Not only did I get to spend some time with several friends I don’t often see, but Tania’s tale was so inspiring and fascinating that we were all entranced by her incredible talent and creative life.

The designer, above, is wearing one of her creations, surrounded by Ronda Carman, Carolyn Sollis, Christina Juarez and Linherr Hollingsworth.

A southern debutante from Kentucky, Tania’s creative spirit has taken her on an amazing journey of incredible experiences around the world, leading an enviable life that is the stuff of young girls’ dreams.…

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